NEW – Guide to help YOU on your journey through disability/additional needs

CYPSP have launched a new regional guide for parents on their journey through disability at the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings on Monday 22 May 2023.

This resource is a product from the recommendations of the ‘Our Journey Through Disability’ Report and highlights the ongoing partnership work with parents, parent groups, children and young people and statutory, voluntary and community agencies.


This resource is by parents for parents and its development has been parent led from the onset and addresses the whole life journey for parents of children with disability and additional needs.  Launched alongside this document, is the ‘All About ME’ booklet co-designed by Barnardo’s PosAbility Young Peoples’ Group.

This is a live resource which will be updated as new resources emerge.

Officially launching the Guide, we would like to thank Robbie Butler, MLA along with Oscar and BAFTA winner James Martin and his father Ivan who added some star quality to the launch with warm, witty endorsements and more importantly, encouraging progress on inclusion in Northern Ireland.  Finally a huge thank you to the parents and young people and Chris Scott from Education Authority who presented on the day – you were all amazing.

We encourage you to share this resource widely to enable us to reach as many parents as possible.

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SHSCT Children’s Speach & Language Therapy Team Play & Say Programme

The Play and Say programme from the Southern Health & Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team is for children aged 3 years and younger and their parents/carers and is now available for everyone.

It provides tried and tested strategies to support young children’s speech and language development through play.

The programme is delivered by Registered Speech and Language Therapists and has been highly successful in encouraging young children’s communication development.

Discover how you can help your young child progress with their early speech development and listen to the Registered Speech and Language Therapists as they guide you through a series of proven language development strategies –

Download Play and Say flyer

NEW SHSCT Speech & Language Therapy Advice Line

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust’s Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team are delighted to announce the launch of the telephone Advice Line as a means of support of parents of children resident in the SHSCT.

The Advice Line will be available each Monday starting February 6th from 10am-12 noon.

Parents/ carers will now have direct access to a Registered Speech and Language Therapist, via a dedicated phone line.

NB -This service is for children who are not already known to the Speech and Language Therapy service.